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MFTS – Proud to be Different

Here is my story for Barbara Beacham’s Mondays Finish the Story. We get a photo and an opening sentence to write 100-150 words. The supplied sentence is in bold in my story.

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Copyright B.W. Beacham


She lived in a mango tree.  She was shunned for it. Others turned their noses up, crossed the street when they saw her coming.

She’d known she was different from an early age. She didn’t feel she belonged. Nothing seemed quite… right.

It hadn’t always been this way, of course. When she was little she’d lived with her parents in an apple tree, just like everyone else. But when she came of age, she’d found herself a nice mango tree to call her own.

During the Great Apple Blight of 1973, people came from all around. They were happy for her mangoes then, oh yes. But once the blight passed they went right back to spurning her.

Every year she participated in the Mango Pride March. Times were changing, every year there were more marching with her. One day apple and mango-dwellers would stand together. But until then, she was proud to be different.


  1. NotAPunkRocker
    September 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Sounds just as lonely as a partridge in a pear tree :/


    • September 21, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Yep 😦
      Wait a minute, there are pear trees dwellers as well? They must really be out on the fringe 🙂


  2. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    September 21, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Ha! Dare to be different!


  3. September 21, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    What an individualist… ahhhh,,,, but there is always a price.


  4. September 22, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Nut trees are where it’s at, of course. These people are just fruity…


  5. September 22, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Ahh DrAliman, your mind is so interesting. You think outside the box, thank you.


    • September 22, 2015 at 7:04 am

      I had a tough time coming up with ideas this time. But I don’t like to write anything too obvious!


  6. September 22, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Such a unique take on the prompt. I like the flow of your thoughts. 🙂


    • September 22, 2015 at 7:09 am

      Thanks! I thought I’d do a sort of social commentary 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. September 22, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Loved your take this week. You managed to get a lot of sense of place with so little, and though we don’t know who “she” is, we feel for her. Well done.


    • September 22, 2015 at 7:09 am

      I’m glad you liked it! I hope she lives long enough to become “accepted”. She’s certainly willing to wait it out.


  8. gentlestitches
    September 22, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Bloody hilarious and soooo metaphorical for us silly humans. ❤


  9. September 22, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Loved your take on the prompt especially the Mango Pride March.


    • September 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks, I wanted to do a sort of social commentary (though we don’t have “Mango Pride” of course!).


  10. Lyn
    September 22, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Apple trees are so common. For my money there’s nothing like a nice mango tree. Much easier to build a house in one than in an apple tree. D-Man, you’ve done it again 🙂


    • September 22, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Mangoes are the way to go! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. September 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Well, Ali, I’m glad she found pride in her tree. If her house looks like the one in the picture, it’s pretty nice. Be sure to tell her just not to go too far out on a limb (Did I hear groaning?) Well done. 😀 — Suzanne


    • September 22, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Yes, you did hear groaning 🙂 She loves living in her tree.


  12. September 23, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I had no idea that this one would give you a hard time Ali. You did well my friend. I like the message. Thank you for participating in the Mondays Finish the Story challenge. Be well… ^..^


    • September 23, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      My problem is I’m lazy. I like stories to just arrive in my head without me having to put in any effort 🙂 Sometimes I feel the humour, sometimes not 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!


  13. September 23, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    love it ;0)


  14. September 23, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    I love this Ali. 🙂 A great social commentary. I hope she someday gains acceptance and all mango and apple dwellers stand together! Wonderful last line. 😀


    • September 24, 2015 at 7:05 am

      The mango dwellers are slowly gaining acceptance but there’s a way to go yet. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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